1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 11/15/2013 04:00 AM

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Hundreds of public safety officials have honored the life of slain Oregon City reserve Officer Robert Libke. The Oregonian says residents lined the roadway as a procession of first responder vehicles traveled from Oregon City to Portland for a memorial service. Libke was shot Nov. 3 responding to a house that was set on fire before the gunman killed himself.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – It’s unclear how Oregon will be affected by President Barack Obama’s decision to allow the sale of insurance plans that would have been cancelled because they don’t comply with the Affordable Health Care Act. State Insurance Division spokeswoman Cheryl Martinis says officials are looking into the implications. About 145,000 Oregonians have received cancellation notices.

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Two environmental groups have filed suit to stop the city of Bend from building a pipeline that they fear will harm Tumalo Creek. WaterWatch of Oregon and Central Oregon LandWatch want a federal judge to revoke a permit granted by the U.S. Forest Service. The groups contend the $24 million project could threaten fish habitat by increasing the amount of water taken from Tumalo Creek.

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) -U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon says he’s encouraged by talks with officials over a proposed water quality standard that farmers growing onions under irrigation say they can’t meet. The federal rules are aimed at E. coli contamination. The Ontario Argus Observer reports more than 25 percent of the onions consumed in the U.S. come from Malheur County and southwestern Idaho.


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